Out with the old and in with the new – year that is. It’s finally time to say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019. Sipping on glasses of plain old champagne as the ball drops is so boring. If you’re in charge of the holiday libations at the New Year’s Eve soiree this year, we’ve got tasty champagne infused cocktail recipes that’ll make you the toast of the town, and help you bring in the festive new year as the grown and sexy should – in style.
Moët J’Adore Le Pop
INGREDIENTS: 4.5 oz Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, 2 – 3 drops of pomegranate juice. DIRECTIONS: Mix well. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a strawberry Pop Rocks candy rim.
Cranberry Kir Royale
INGREDIENTS: 2 cups frozen cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 teaspoon orange zest, 1 bottle Champagne. DIRECTIONS: Add cranberries, orange juice, zest and sugar to a large pan and set over medium heat until berries break-down slightly and liquid is syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. Strain and discard any solids then set aside and cool. Pour 2 tablespoons of cranberry-orange syrup into the bottoms of 4 chilled champagne glasses. Add a few cranberries to each glass and gently top off each glass with Champagne.
Blackberry Thyme Sparkler
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup blackberries + 8 more for garnish, 1 cup Water, 1 cup sugar, 1 bottle of champagne, 4 ounces or 1/2 cup gin, 4 long sprigs of thyme, 1 cup ice, and gold baking sugar for the rim. DIRECTIONS: In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/redish color. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool. Rub just around the rim of the glass with a bit of butter before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar. Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass. Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass.